Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway wants poor form to end with win at Preston North End
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 December 2017
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QPR went the whole of November without a win, but will look to start December in style
Ian Holloway has demanded a victory from his Queens Park Rangers squad on their trip to Preston North End on Saturday to get their Championship campaign back on track.
The Rs are yet to win on the road this term and are without a success anywhere in their last four matches.
QPR will be buoyed somewhat after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to local rivals Brentford on Monday night.
And Holloway hopes a success at Deepdale this weekend can see his side strike another psychological blow over their fellow west Londoners.
“We need to get a win. I wanted at least one win from the games against Brentford and Preston,” the 54-year-old told the club website.
“I felt that would have put us back where I want us to be, but we’re still behind Brentford so I don’t like that.
“What we have to do is try to get in front, then learn how to not give it away and stop letting goals in.
“Sometimes that’s hard when you’ve got defensive frailties because you have so many defenders out.”
It will be interesting to see the reception Holloway gets from the QPR supporters on Saturday, having criticised those who left early during the draw with Brentford.
Both in his comments to Sky Sports and when speaking to the written press after the derby, the Rs boss vented his anger at the fans he felt had given up on the team when they trailed by two, before battling back.
Holloway’s comments were widely criticised by both pundits and QPR fans, to whom the boss has since apologised to if they were offended.
Regardless of whether the apology is accepted by the supporters, it was perhaps not the wisest of moves from Holloway, with the jury still out among many fans about how his second spell in charge is going.
Holloway’s task at Preston on Saturday will also have been made tougher with the news that Luke Freeman will be suspended for the trip to the north west.
The midfielder, who has been one of the Rs’ best players this term, picked up his fifth booking of the season against Brentford, leading to a one-game ban.
Freeman’s suspension gives his boss another unwanted selection dilemma, with QPR already missing a number of first team players through injury, with the defence in particular looking threadbare ahead of the trip to Preston.